Friday, March 12, 2010

The Book is Back

After a brief hiatus, the book project is back on. It's hard to believe we've been working on this for almost a year.

Together we've actually done a couple of books' worth of material. But because of the nature of the process, we've had to do some backtracking. It wasn't like he just came to me with a draft manuscript and said, "Here, edit this."

Instead, we've been going through it chapter by chapter. In some ways it's an iterative process, though my role is more feedback and editing. But as he's gone through it he's found new and different and (hopefully) better ways to structure the thing. So several chapters have been re-written (and re-edited) wholesale. A couple of times.

And now, after having gotten to almost 13 chapters, we're going through and re-doing, to varying extent, every chapter. Some are tweaks, some are heavy revisions and some total re-writes. It's not ideal, but it's just the way it is.

This last big change was the result of him having to present the book in a one-hour seminar, which turned out to be a great way to really focus on the essentials. And it led to this new outline and some new thinking about the concepts.

I think it was definitely worth the month or two of detour/stoppage. Now we're back on track with a really clear direction. This one, I hope, will stick. I actually think any of the several structures we've had was workable, but then I'm not the one writing it, and I totally know how that goes.

Anyway, he's actually got some nibbles, publishing-wise. We've talked about different scenarios -- just putting it up online and leaving it at that, self-publishing and actual publishing. Actual publishing would be very cool. Don't know what that would mean for my Contributing Editor title, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Which, if we stick to this latest timeline, should be 90 days or less ...

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